Bukidnon: One of 10 climate change adaptation pilot areas – NEDA

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/12 September) The province of Bukidnon is one of 10 provinces in the country selected as a pilot area for the Joint Programme on Strengthening the Philippines’ Institutional Capacity to adapt to climate change, according to the National Economic Development Authority, which spearheads the program in the country.

The joint program, dubbed MDG-F 1656 JP, aims to influence the institutions of government and their respective key processes by integrating climate change adaptation as one of the critical issues that pose as a serious threat to the achievement of the country’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG) target on environmental sustainability, said Sheila Marie Encabo, MDG-F 1656 JP coordinator in her letter to Gov. Alex Calingasan, a copy of which was obtained by Bukidnon News. Continue reading

Buseco owes Malaybalay City P14-M tax arrears

By Erlow Talatala

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/10 September) The Bukidnon
Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco) owes the City Government of
Malaybalay with a total of P14 million arrears in real property taxes,
city treasurer Danilo Linoay told the Sangguniang Panlungsod on Sept.
6, 2011. Continue reading

TESDA gives nat’l certification tests bound for CS eligibility

MALAYBALAY CITY— The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will continue its 2nd round of free certification tests for electricians, computer technicians, welders and other “middle-level jobs” this Sept. 12.

During the Bukidnon Monthly Convocation Program on September 5,
Catherine Milagros R. Galapon, TESDA provincial director, called for
applicants in the Skills Assessments and Certification tests which
grant National Certificate (NC) and Certificate of Competency (COC) on
specific fields.
Continue reading

Implementation of 4Ps “difficult to monitor” in Bukidnon

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development’s conditional cash transfer program dubbed Pantawid Pamilyang
Pilipino Program (4Ps) is difficult to monitor, Christopher Capinpin,
the program’s provincial coordinator, admitted to the Sangguniang
Panlalawigan Wednesday.

Capinpin spoke in an inquiry by provincial board members on the status
of the program’s implementation in the province. There have been
previous reports that some recipients are not qualified, and some
qualified ones did not use the fund assistance to address the
conditions required in the program. Continue reading

TESDA gives nat’l certification tests bound for CS eligibility

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/07 Sept) — The Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will continue its
2nd round of free certification tests for electricians, computer
technicians, welders and other “middle-level jobs” this Sept. 12.

During the Bukidnon Monthly Convocation Program on September 5,
Catherine Milagros R. Galapon, TESDA provincial director, called for
applicants in the skills assessments and certification tests ,which
are bases for the granting of National Certificate (NC) and Certificate of Competency (COC) on specific fields.

The tests, which assess competency in wide range of functions and
skills are given in Bukidnon from August 8 to November 18, 2011.

For electricians, the Electrical Installation and Maintenance NC II
and III will be held on Sept. 12-16 while the Computer Hardware
Servicing NC II for computer technicians will be on Sept. 26-30.

The Food and Beverage Services NC II, Commercial Cooking NC II and
Housekeeping NC II tests were scheduled on October 10-14 and the
Consumer Electronics Servicing NC II on October 24-28.

The Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II and Bookkeeping NC III
will be on November 14-18.

According to Daniel Cañete, Competency Assessment and Certification
(CAC) in-charge, the first run of assessments in Bukidnon was held in
March 28 to April 1. It produced only 115 certified workers out of 247
assessed. Galapon said that the target number of applicants for 2nd
run is 500. So far, less than 200 registered.

According to Galapon, the NC holders, with or without college degree,
are accepted in and out of the country for employment. Based on the
TESDA website (www.tesda.gov.ph), NCs could be converted to Civil
Service Eligibility through Skills Certificate Equivalency Program
(SCEP) of both TESDA and the Civil Service Commission.

Alan Haohao, 30 years old welder, obtained his certification (SMAW NC
II) during the first run. His NC II certificate was then converted to
Civil Service eligibility and he now works at TESDA office as watchman
and does part-time welding jobs every weekend.  He claimed that having
the certificate helped him a lot and made finding a job easier.

The tests will be held at the TESDA Provincial Training Center (PTC)
in Valencia City. Application forms are available there and also at
the TESDA Provincial Office in Malaybalay City. Applicants should
apply a week before the scheduled dates and are required to bring a
copy of birth certificate and three pieces passport-size picture with
white background and collar. (Hazel A. Generalao)

Bukidnon PSWD chief: AIFCS useless

MALAYBALAY CITY – The Aid to Individuals and Families in Crisis Situations (AIFCS) is useless in helping the poor, Arsenio Alagenio, Bukidnon provincial social welfare and development officer, told the Malaybalay City Council Tuesday. Continue reading

Valencia, tornado-prone area – PAGASA Bukidnon chief

MALAYBALAY CITY – Some areas in Bukidnon are prone to tornadoes, the Valencia City barangays along the Pulangui River, included, Anianita Fortich, chief meteorological officer PAGASA Bukidnon said. Continue reading

Irregularities haunt NIA 10 fertilizer project – DA probe

MALAYBALAY CITY – Almost a year after its investigation, the Department of Agriculture fact finding team, which Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala created in July 2010 found irregularities in the National Irrigation Administration 10‘s P30-million bio-organic fertilizer subsidy program, which it implemented since 2009, according to the team’s report, a copy of which was obtained by Bukidnon News. Continue reading

SIC, Prov’l Capitol team up for reforestation program

MALAYBALAY CITY – Catholic Church-owned San Isidro College is signing a memorandum of agreement for a four-year reforestation program with the provincial government. Continue reading

Tornado kills boy, injures 4 in Valencia City

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/05 Sept.)A one-year old boy died and four persons were hurt in a tornado incident in three villages in Valencia City Saturday afternoon, Capt. Alejandro Larosa, head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council coordinator reported to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office.

James Alumin, from Purok 18, Batangan Valencia City; was swept by strong winds when the tornado passed through their house. He was separated from his mother, Mary Grace, 22, one of four persons injured in the incident.

The others hurt in the incident were identified as Gogelyn Versaga, 15; Sinisa Versaga; and Elton Galsin, 23. All those hurt, except Galsin, were confined at the Abella Midway Hospital in Valencia City. Continue reading

Central Bukidnon suffers 12-hour brown out

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/04 Sept) Most power consumers in the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia and the towns of Cabanglasan, Lantapan, and San Fernando, suffered brownout for about 12 hours Saturday, nine of it due to a maintenance operation of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).

The interruption affected portions of the coverage areas of the First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative (Fibeco) and the Bukidnon Second Electric Cooperative (Buseco). Continue reading

PDEA arrests 5 suspects in Malaybalay drug buy-bust

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/04 September) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives arrested a suspected drug vendor and four others in a buy-bust operation before midnight of September 2 in an inn in Casisang, Malaybalay City, Roberto S. Opeña, PDEA 10 regional director, reported.

PDEA agents arrested a man identified to be Felipe N. Butal Jr. in Opeña’s report to Usec. Jose S. Gutierrez, PDEA director-general. His report was quoted in a press release sent to the media Sunday.

Agents found in Butal’s possession a piece of regular size transparent plastic sachet containing substance believed to be shabu. He sold it to a PDEA undercover agent, the PDEA said in the press release.

Butal, the PDEA reported, also carried a piece each of small, medium and large size heat-sealed transparent plastic sachets with white crystalline substance suspected to be shabu. Also arrested with Butal during the operation, the PDEA added, were suspects Emilio M. Gempisao, Nelson C. Ernabe Jr, and Eugene S. Flores. PDEA operatives found a small size heat-sealed plastic sachet containing suspected shabu in Gempisao’s wallet, Opeña said in his report.

The confiscated substances were scheduled to be examined at the Bukidnon crime laboratory. The PDEA report said the suspects were detained at the Malaybalay City Police Office Detention Cell.

The PDEA press release said they are filing charges against the suspects for violation against Republic Act 9165 or the Dangerous Drugs Act. (Bukidnon News Dispatch)

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In Malaybalay, 23 of 29 road deaths due to motorcycle accidents

MALAYBALAY CITY—  Twenty-three out of 29 people who died of vehicular accidents in Malaybalay City from January to July this year are attributed to motorcycle driving, according to records from the Traffic Management Center (TMC) of Malaybalay City.

This number is more than double the number of 11 deaths for the same period last year, as shown by TMC’s Summary Reports of Apprehended Traffic Violations and Accidents.

This showed that motorcycle accident deaths account for about 80 percent of the total fatalities of 29 people from vehicular accidents this year, making motorcycle accidents the deadliest in Malaybalay roads. Continue reading

PDEA arrests 5 suspects in Malaybalay drug buy-bust

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News Dispatch/04 September) Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency operatives arrested a suspected drug vendor and four others in a buy-bust operation before midnight of September 2 in an inn in Casisang, Malaybalay City, Roberto S. Opeña, PDEA 10 regional director, reported. Continue reading

Abp. Ledesma pushes for culture of peace in media

MALAYBALAY CITY – Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma has pushed for media to have culture of peace seeking more media participation as stakeholder in the peace process in Mindanao.

Ledesma, chair of the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission for Inter-religious Dialogue, has convened the media from the dioceses of Cagayan de Oro, Butuan, Surigao, Tandag, Malaybalay, Iligan, Marawi, Pagadian for a culture of peace workshop on September 3, 2011 in Cagayan de Oro City.

ECID is holding the workshop under its Peace Governance Mindanao Program.
In his invitation to the Bukidnon Press Club, Ledesma cited that they intend to identify and share past, present, or proposed inter-religious dialogue (IRD) or peace building activities and initiatives highlighting media participation and active involvement.

They intend to highlight the gains and best practices of those who have experience in peace-building, the problems encountered, and the lessons learned.

Ledesma also cited that they also intend to increase understanding and appreciation of the media’s important bridging role in inter-religious dialogue and peace building.

Seeking that the media will contribute to the “overall call for peace and reconciliation,” Ledesma said they also intend to map capacity building needs and opportunities to strengthen media participation as peace builders. (Walter I. Balane)

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